ERIC Number: ED381024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov
Teachers, Students, and Language: Multiple Language Settings. Proceedings from a Seminar on Teacher Development and Linguistic Diversity. Occasional Paper Series.
Griffin, Gary A.
This occasional paper gives attention to teaching and learning in schools where multiple languages are spoken by students. Recognition of the growing numbers of language minority English learners (LMELs) in schools where English is the sole language of instruction underscores the importance of gaining control over our understanding of how to recreate schooling in ways that will benefit these students intellectually, socially, and personally. The paper takes the position that professional educators must be mindful of students' home cultures as a prerequisite to making meaningful change in schools and classrooms. Building upon that knowledge, the paper urges a transformation of teaching toward the ends of English language competence as well as subject matter competence, linking the two through reconsideration of appropriate pedagogy when working with LMELs. The paper urges considerable reconceptualization of teacher education as an important foundation for altering teaching and schooling, and suggests a serious rethinking of the features of schooling as a vital component in increasing the influence of teaching upon LMEL learning. Arguing that our knowledge about LMELs in the nation's schools is fragment and fragile, the paper concludes with a comprehensive research and development agenda that needs attention as professional educators engage together to better understand and act positively on issues central to LMEL school participation. Contains 39 references. (Author)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Southwest Regional Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, Los Alamitos, CA.; Far West Lab. for Educational Research and Development, San Francisco, CA.